This is the most important election in the history of our country. There has never been such a difference between two parties, or two individuals, in ideology, philosophy, or vision than there is right now. Our opponents believe that America is a depraved nation. We want our sons and daughters to know the truth: America is the greatest and most exceptional nation in the history of the world! Our country wasn’t built by cancel culture, speech codes, and soul-crushing conformity. We are not a nation of timid spirits. We are a nation of fierce, proud, and independent American Patriots.[1]
—Donald Trump (August 2020)[2]

Donald Trump is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017, and filed to run for re-election on the same day. He crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the Republican nomination—1,276 delegates—on March 17, 2020. He was formally nominated at the Republican National Convention on August 24, 2020.

Trump’s running mate is Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump’s re-election campaign has focused on the economy, jobs, immigration, and foreign policy.[3][4] He described his platform, which he named America First, during his inaugural address: “Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our jobs.”[5]

Key policy initiatives during Trump’s first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch.[6][7] Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including three U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Trump in the news

See also: Ballotpedia’s Daily Presidential News Briefing and Editorial approach to story selection for the Daily Presidential News Briefing

This section features five recent news stories about Trump and his presidential campaign. For a complete timeline of Trump’s campaign activity, click here.

  • November 2, 2020: Trump held campaign rallies across North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan (twice), and Wisconsin.
  • November 1, 2020:
    • The Trump campaign took over the YouTube masthead for the three days leading up to Election Day. The advertising space was secured in 2019.
    • Trump held rallies in five states: Michigan, Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
  • October 31, 2020: Trump was scheduled to campaign across Pennsylvania with events in Bucks County, Reading, and Butler.
  • October 30, 2020: Trump campaigned in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.
  • October 29, 2020: Trump held a rally in Tampa, Florida.


Trump was born in Queens, New York, in 1946.[8] He attended Fordham University before transferring to the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.S. in economics in 1968.[9]

After graduation, Trump joined his family’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son. He took control of the company in 1971 and later renamed it the Trump Organization.[10] He was involved in a variety of real estate and other business ventures in the following years. From 2004 until 2015, Trump hosted and served as executive producer of The Apprentice on NBC.[11][12]

In 1999, Trump ran as a Reform Party presidential candidate; he withdrew from the race in February 2000.[9][13] Between 1987 and 2012, he changed his official party affiliation five times, registering most recently as a Republican in April 2012.[14]

Trump declared his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election on June 16, 2015, and officially received the nomination of the Republican Party on July 19, 2016, at the Republican National Convention.

On November 8, 2016, Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. He received 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 227.[15]

Campaign staff

See also: Donald Trump presidential campaign staff, 2020, Presidential election key staffers, 2020, and Presidential campaign managers, 2020

The table below shows a sampling of the candidate’s 2020 national campaign staff members, including the campaign manager and some senior advisors, political directors, communication directors, and field directors. It also includes each staff member’s position in the campaign, previous work experience, and Twitter handle, where available.[16] For a larger list of national campaign staff, visit Democracy in Action.

Donald Trump presidential campaign national staff, 2020
Staff Position Prior experience Twitter handle
Bill Stepien Campaign manager Senior political advisor, Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2020 N/A
Jeff DeWit Chief operating officer Chief financial officer, NASA @JeffDeWitAZ
Stephanie Alexander Chief of staff Midwest political director, Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2020 @SAlexanderOK
Lara Trump Senior advisor Strategic planning and digital communications coordinator, Donald Trump’s campaign committee, 2017 @LaraLeaTrump
Bob Paduchik Senior advisor Co-chair, Republican National Committee @Paduch
Katrina Pierson Senior advisor National spokeswoman, Donald Trump presidential campaign, 2016 @KatrinaPierson
Bill Shine Senior advisor White House deputy chief of staff for communications N/A
Kimberly Guilfoyle Senior advisor Vice chairwoman, America First Action @kimguilfoyle
Jason Miller Senior advisor Managing director, Teneo Strategy @JasonMillerinDC
Chris Carr Political director Political director, Republican National Committee, 2016 N/A
Tim Murtaugh Director of communications Director of communications, U.S. Department of Agriculture N/A
Cole Blocker National finance director Deputy director, White House Visitor’s Office N/A

PredictIt markets

See also: PredictIt markets in the 2020 presidential election

Battleground state polls

The following charts show poll data from seven battleground states—Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin—aggregated by RealClearPolitics.





North Carolina



Campaign finance


The following chart displays Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s overall fundraising over time through the October 2020 campaign finance reports. Hover over each line for more specific figures.


The following chart displays Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s overall spending over time through the October 2020 campaign finance reports. Hover over each line for more specific figures.

Cash on hand

The following chart displays cash on hand—a measurement of how much money a campaign has currently available in its campaign accounts—for Joe Biden and Donald Trump as of each reporting deadline during the 2020 campaign cycle.

Satellite spending

See also: Satellite spending

Satellite spending, commonly referred to as outside spending, describes political spending not controlled by candidates or their campaigns; that is, any political expenditures made by groups or individuals that are not directly affiliated with a candidate. This includes spending by political party committees, super PACs, trade associations, and 501(c)(4) nonprofit groups.[17][18][19]

This section lists satellite spending in this race as reported and analyzed by Circa Victor. Spending reported as being in support of a candidate is marked with an (S) and spending reported as opposing a candidate is marked with an (O).

Campaign ads

This section shows a sampling of advertisements released to support or oppose this candidate. This section is updated as advertisements are released.


“Strength” – Trump campaign, October 31, 2020
“America is Stronger, Safer, and More Prosperous” – Trump campaign, October 29, 2020
“President Trump Will Uphold the Law” – Trump campaign, October 27, 2020
“Carefully” – Trump campaign, October 10, 2020
“Jack Brewer” – Trump campaign, September 30, 2020
“Commander in Chief” – Trump campaign, August 13, 2020
“Cards” – Trump campaign, August 3, 2020
“Break In” – Trump campaign, July 20, 2020
“Leadership” – Trump campaign, July 3, 2020
“Abolished” – Trump campaign, July 2, 2020
“Fortitude” – Trump campaign, June 19, 2020
“Great American Comeback” – Trump campaign, June 6, 2020
“Healing, Not Hatred” – Trump campaign, June 3, 2020
“Won’t Cut It” – Trump campaign, May 27, 2020
“Tough Steps” – Trump campaign, May 7, 2020
“American Comeback” – Trump campaign, May 3, 2020
“HOPE” – Trump campaign, March 27, 2020
“Fighter” – Trump campaign, March 6, 2020
“New Heights” – Trump campaign, February 14, 2020
“Criminal Justice Reform” – Trump campaign, February 2, 2020
“Stronger, Safer, More Prosperous” – Trump campaign, January 30, 2020
“Stand With Our President” – Trump campaign, November 7, 2019
“Facts” – Trump campaign, October 9, 2019
“Changing Things” – Trump campaign, October 3, 2019
“Coup” – Trump campaign, October 2, 2019
“Biden Corruption” – Trump campaign, September 27, 2019
“They’re All the Same” – Trump campaign, July 30, 2019
“FOUR MORE YEARS!” – Trump campaign, June 17, 2019


“Bad for You” – Priorities USA ad, October 27, 2020
“ACA” – Priorities USA ad, October 20, 2020
“I Choose America” – Lincoln Project ad, October 20, 2020
“My Mom” – Biden campaign ad, October 12, 2020
“Gasping for Air” – Lincoln Project ad, October 7, 2020
“What It Means to Serve” – Biden campaign ad, September 24, 2020
“Anthem” – Biden campaign ad, August 28, 2020
“I Alone” – Biden campaign ad, August 26, 2020
“Swing” – Biden campaign ad, August 11, 2020
“Moms” – Lincoln Project ad, released August 2, 2020
“Conservative” – Lincoln Project ad, released July 27, 2020
“Didn’t Matter” – Biden campaign ad, released July 27, 2020
“Gestapo Trump” – Really American PAC ad, released July 22, 2020
“Betrayed” – Lincoln Project ad, released June 30, 2020
“Bounty” – Lincoln Project ad, released June 27, 2020
“#TrumpIsNotWell” – Lincoln Project ad, released June 16, 2020
“Timeline” – Biden campaign ad, released May 26, 2020
“Deer In The Headlights” – Biden campaign ad, released May 22, 2020
“Lincoln” – Biden campaign ad, released May 7, 2020
“Mourning in America” – The Lincoln Project, released May 4, 2020
“260,000 Words” – Biden campaign ad, released May 1, 2020
“Two Americans” – The Lincoln Project, released April 24, 2020
“Donald Trump: Unfit. Unwell. Unacceptable.” – Republicans for the Rule of Law, released April 24, 2020
“Unprepared” – Biden campaign ad, released April 18, 2020
“Responsibility” – Biden campaign ad, released April 16, 2020
“Pandemic” – Unite the Country, released March 31, 2020
“One Week Later” – Priorities USA, March 30, 2020
“Expontential Threat” – Priorities USA, March 23, 2020
“Trump’s Real Super Bowl Ad” – Bloomberg campaign, February 2, 2020
“Trump Disrespects Our Troops” – Bloomberg campaign, January 24, 2020
“Screwed Us” – Steyer campaign, September 18, 2019
“Not Even You, Donald” – Steyer campaign, September 12, 2019
“Trump’s America” – Priorities USA, April 16, 2019

Policy positions

The following policy positions were compiled from the candidate’s official campaign website, editorials, speeches, and interviews.


Donald Trump’s campaign website says, “President Trump has enforced immigration laws to protect American communities and American jobs. Upon entering office, President Trump called on Congress to fully fund a wall along the Southern border, to close legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration, to end chain migration, and to eliminate the visa lottery program. Under President Trump’s leadership, the Department of Homeland Security took action to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in an orderly fashion, following the assessment of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that DACA lacks legal authorization. The Department of Homeland Security launched the office of Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE). The President released his immigration reform proposal which calls for the transition to a merit-based immigration plan.” [source]


Donald Trump’s campaign website says, “President Trump has worked to improve access to affordable quality health care. As part of the landmark Tax Cuts and Jobs Act President Trump repealed the individual mandate, which forced people to buy expensive insurance and taxed those who couldn’t afford it. President Trump signed a six-year extension of CHIP to fund healthcare for 9 million. President Trump has mobilized his entire administration to address drug addiction and opioid abuse by declaring the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency.” [source]

Energy and environmental issues

Donald Trump’s campaign website says that “President Trump has approved the infrastructure and provided the resources needed to unleash oil and gas production in the U.S. The administration approved the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, supporting an estimated total of 42,000 jobs and $2 billion in wages. President Trump rescinded President Obama’s costly Clean Power Plan and instead has proposed the Affordable Clean Energy Rule. In addition to the Clean Power Plan, the Trump administration has rescinded many costly Obama-Era regulations.” [source]


Donald Trump’s campaign website says, “President Trump has kept his promise to crack down on trade cheaters and to promote fairer and equal trade for all Americans. In his first year in office, President Trump took action to protect America’s critical steel and aluminum industries, which were harmed by unfair trade practices and global excess capacity. One of President Trump’s first actions was to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, advancing his agenda to protect American workers. The Trump Administration successfully litigated WTO disputes targeting unfair trade practices and protected our right to enact fair trade laws.” [source]


Donald Trump’s campaign website says, “President Trump is unleashing economic growth and jobs. Since his election, the Trump administration’s pro-growth policies have generated 6 million new jobs, the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point in 50 years, and wages have grown at more than 3% for 10 months in a row. Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed historic tax cuts and relief for hard-working Americans. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth has soared under President Trump, topping 3% in 4 quarters under his administration.” [source]


Donald Trump’s campaign website says, “President Trump’s proposed budgets have made school choice a priority. The Trump Administration successfully implemented the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to empower states with the flexibility they need to educate their students. The Trump Administration implemented the year-round distribution of Pell grants, instead of limiting these grants to the spring and fall semesters. The Trump Administration brought in financial experts to modernize the way FSA offers and services student loans.” [source]

Gun regulation

Donald Trump’s campaign website says, “The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. Gun and magazine bans are a total failure. The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states.” [source]

Criminal justice

Donald Trump’s campaign website says, “President Donald J. Trump and the Department of Justice are working with local law enforcement to protect American communities. The Department of Justice announced more than $98 million in grant funding through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services COPS Hiring Program to allow 802 additional full-time law enforcement officers. The Trump Administration expanded Project Safe Neighborhoods to encourage U.S. Attorney’s to work with communities to develop customized crime reduction strategies. The Department of Justice returned to their longstanding charging policy for federal prosecutors, trusting them once again to charge the most serious, readily provable offense.” [source]

Foreign policy

Donald Trump’s campaign website says, “President Trump has gone around the globe working to restore America’s prominence in global diplomacy. South Korea and Japan pledged to build closer defense collaboration with the United States, and the President underscored the commitment of the United States to providing advanced military equipment. In Saudi Arabia, President Trump pushed for a coalition of nations to confront Iran and attended the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology. President Trump followed through on his promise and recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and directed the relocation of the U.S. Embassy. Under President Trump, the United States has worked tirelessly to combat extremism and stick up for religious minorities.” [source]


In a statement before the press, Donald Trump said, “They took nothing and brought me to a final vote of impeachment. That’s a very ugly word to me. It’s a very dark word. Very ugly. They took nothing. They took a phone call that was a totally appropriate call—I call it a perfect call because it was—and they brought me to the final stages of impeachment, but now we have that gorgeous word. I never thought a word would sound so good. It’s called total acquittal. Total acquittal.” [source]


Donald Trump’s campaign website does not include a statement about labor. [source]


Donald Trump’s campaign website says, “The President has kept the promises he made in 2016 to the pro-life community and has delivered unprecedented victories for the pro-life movement: He took executive action to stop taxpayer money from flowing to Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in the country. He reinstated and expanded the ban on Americans’ tax dollars paying for abortions in foreign countries. He is standing with the Catholic nuns known as the Little Sisters of the Poor, defending them from Obama-era regulations forcing them to violate their religious beliefs by providing health insurance that covers abortifacients.” [source]

Supreme Court vacancy

Donald Trump said he would nominate a woman to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by September 26, 2020. He tweeted, “We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices. We have this obligation, without delay!” [source]

Other policy positions

Click on any of the following links to read more policy positions from the 2020 presidential candidates.


Criminal justice



Energy and environmental issues

Foreign policy

Gun regulation






Response to the coronavirus pandemic

See also: Documenting America’s Path to Recovery

On August 10, 2020, the White House released a document outlining Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. It listed the following key takeaways:[20]

  • Took early action to cut off travel from China
  • Built the world’s leading testing system from nothing
  • Enacted mitigation measures to slow the spread
  • Mobilized public and private sectors to secure needed supplies
  • Took action to protect vulnerable Americans
  • Launched effort to deliver a vaccine and therapeutics in record time
  • Provided support to workers and businesses
  • Paved way for reopening to get America working again
  • Surged resources to hot spots as they arose
  • Confronted China as origin of the virus while Democrats and media cowered[1]

This document also provided a list of Trump’s comments, distribution of resources, and executive actions related to the coronavirus pandemic:

At the outset, President Trump took action to stop travel from China to stem the spread to the United States as long as possible.

  • While Democrats were focused on their impeachment sham, President Trump took swift and decisive action to stop travel from China in January and enhanced airport screenings to help stop cases from coming into the United States as long as possible.
  • In his February 4th State of the Union address, President Trump pledged to “take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from the virus,” while the Democrats’ response made not a single mention of the virus or even the threat of China.

President Trump built the world’s leading testing system from nothing, based on a virus we have never faced before.

  • In order to accurately trace and combat this virus, President Trump set out to build the world’s best testing system, and that’s exactly what he did.
  • We have already conducted more than 65 million tests, far outpacing any other country.

As soon as cases began to rise, President Trump released guidance to slow the spread.

  • President Trump released guidance recommending mitigation measures critical to slowing the spread of the virus, and the American people stepped up to do their part.
  • Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx have attested to the fact that President Trump took action as soon as the data was presented to him.

In order to secure the supplies needed to confront the surge in coronavirus we faced, President Trump led the largest mobilization of public and private sector resources since WWII.

  • The President directed his Administration to secure and distribute needed medical supplies to states in need – resulting in billions of PPE delivered so far.
  • At the President’s urging, private companies shifted production to supplying masks, ventilators, hand sanitizer, testing supplies, and more.
  • President Trump has acted under the Defense Production Act more than 30 times to ensure we have the supplies we need.
  • When we faced a potentially catastrophic shortage of ventilators, President Trump took action to produce 100,000 ventilators and ensure no patient who needs one goes without a ventilator.

President Trump moved swiftly to protect vulnerable communities.

  • The Administration quickly established guidelines for nursing homes and expanded telehealth opportunities to protect our vulnerable seniors.
  • The President took action to ensure that uninsured Americans are able to get the COVID-19 care and testing they need.
  • President Trump directed Secretary Carson to focus the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council on underserved communities impacted by COVID-19.
  • The Administration is investing approximately $2 billion in community health centers, helping their 28 million patients in medically underserved areas receive the care and testing they need.

Early in the fight against the virus, President Trump launched a historic effort to develop a vaccine and therapeutics in record time.

  • President Trump understood early on that in order to defeat this virus once and for all and protect Americans, we need a vaccine and therapeutics.
  • President Trump revolutionized the clinical trial process to ensure Americans get a safe vaccine as quickly as possible, by providing unprecedented investments in leading vaccine candidates to simultaneously produce them as they are tested and developed.
  • Thanks to President Trump’s efforts, coronavirus vaccine trials have progressed at record speeds, with multiple candidates already in or near the final stage of clinical trials.

President Trump responded to the devastating toll the virus took on our businesses and workers and secured unprecedented financial support.

  • The President negotiated and launched the Paycheck Protection Program – helping save 51 million American jobs.
  • President Trump secured direct payments to help the countless Americans who are hurting due to the pandemic.
  • President Trump took executive action to give tax relief to workers, ensure unemployment benefits for those out of work, prevent families from losing their homes to eviction or foreclosure, and provide student debt relief for Americans already hurting due to the virus.

Understanding the harmful toll a never-ending shutdown would have on our Nation, President Trump provided support to help states safely reopen as soon as they were able.

  • As we built out our critical medical supplies, flattened the curve, and rapidly expanded testing, states across the country were able to safely move towards reopening.
  • President Trump ensured they had the data and resources to reopen on the correct timeframe.

As hot spots have emerged, President Trump has surged resources to impacted areas while enabling us to prevent another nationwide shutdown.

  • The President has provided support to states facing new emergences of the virus, including surging testing sites, deploying medical personnel, and advising on mitigation strategies.

While the media and Democrats refuse to do so, President Trump has called out China for its actions to ensure we prevent a similar threat from arising again.

  • President Trump has rightly called out China’s handling of the virus for refusing to be transparent and failing to contain the virus before it spread.
  • The President held the WHO accountable for its egregious bias towards China that jeopardizes the safety of Americans.[1]
—White House, August 10, 2020[20]

Potential Supreme Court nominees

On September 9, 2020, Trump released a new list of 20 potential nominees to the Supreme Court.[21]

Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis said in a press release, “President Trump’s list of Supreme Court nominees shows once again his firm commitment to protecting our fundamental rights, including religious freedom and the right to life for every precious unborn child. Originalist judges are necessary to protect and preserve our constitutional republic, built on the truthful recognition that our rights are God-given, not government-given.”[22]

The following individuals were named:

  • Bridget S. Bade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • Daniel Cameron, Kentucky attorney general
  • Paul Clement, former solicitor general of the United States
  • Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
  • Stuart Kyle Duncan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • Steven Engel, Office of Legal Counsel, DOJ
  • Noel Francisco, former solicitor general of the United States
  • Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)
  • James Ho, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • Greg Katsas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Barbara Lagoa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit
  • Christopher Landau, U.S. ambassador to Mexico
  • Carlos Muñiz, Supreme Court of Florida
  • Martha Pacold, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Peter Phipps, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit
  • Sarah Pitlyk, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • Allison Jones Rushing, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • Kate Todd, deputy White House counsel
  • Lawrence VanDyke, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit

Trump has released three other lists since 2016.[21] Previously announced candidates include the following officials and judges:[23]

  • Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Keith Blackwell of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Charles Canady of Florida, Supreme Court of Florida
  • Steven Colloton of Iowa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Allison Eid of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Britt Grant of Georgia, Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Raymond Gruender of Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Joan Larsen of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Mike Lee of Utah, United States Senator
  • Thomas Lee of Utah, Supreme Court of Utah
  • Edward Mansfield of Iowa, Supreme Court of Iowa
  • Federico Moreno of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Kevin Newsom of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • William Pryor of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Margaret Ryan of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • David Stras of Minnesota, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Amul Thapar of Kentucky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Timothy Tymkovich of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Robert Young of Michigan, Supreme Court of Michigan (Ret.)
  • Don Willett of Texas, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Patrick Wyrick of Oklahoma, Supreme Court of Oklahoma


Trump released the following list of core priorities for his second-term agenda on August 23, 2020.[24]

Building on the incredible achievements of President Donald J. Trump’s first term in office, the President’s re-election campaign today released a set of core priorities for a second term under the banner of ‘Fighting for You!’ President Trump’s boundless optimism and certainty in America’s greatness is reflected in his second-term goals and stands in stark contrast to the gloomy vision of America projected by Joe Biden and Democrats.

President Trump will further illuminate these plans during his acceptance speech Thursday at the Republican National Convention. Over the coming weeks, the President will be sharing additional details about his plans through policy-focused speeches on the campaign trail.

President Trump: Fighting for You!


  • Create 10 Million New Jobs in 10 Months
  • Create 1 Million New Small Businesses
  • Cut Taxes to Boost Take-Home Pay and Keep Jobs in America
  • Enact Fair Trade Deals that Protect American Jobs
  • ‘Made in America’ Tax Credits
  • Expand Opportunity Zones
  • Continue Deregulatory Agenda for Energy Independence


  • Develop a Vaccine by The End Of 2020
  • Return to Normal in 2021
  • Make All Critical Medicines and Supplies for Healthcare Workers in The United States
  • Refill Stockpiles and Prepare for Future Pandemics


  • Bring Back 1 Million Manufacturing Jobs from China
  • Tax Credits for Companies that Bring Back Jobs from China
  • Allow 100% Expensing Deductions for Essential Industries like Pharmaceuticals and Robotics who Bring *Back their Manufacturing to the United States
  • No Federal Contracts for Companies who Outsource to China
  • Hold China Fully Accountable for Allowing the Virus to Spread around the World


  • Cut Prescription Drug Prices
  • Put Patients and Doctors Back in Charge of our Healthcare System
  • Lower Healthcare Insurance Premiums
  • End Surprise Billing
  • Cover All Pre-Existing Conditions
  • Protect Social Security and Medicare
  • Protect Our Veterans and Provide World-Class Healthcare and Services


  • Provide School Choice to Every Child in America
  • Teach American Exceptionalism


  • Pass Congressional Term Limits
  • End Bureaucratic Government Bullying of U.S. Citizens and Small Businesses
  • Expose Washington’s Money Trail and Delegate Powers Back to People and States
  • Drain the Globalist Swamp by Taking on International Organizations That Hurt American Citizens


  • Fully Fund and Hire More Police and Law Enforcement Officers
  • Increase Criminal Penalties for Assaults on Law Enforcement Officers
  • Prosecute Drive-By Shootings as Acts of Domestic Terrorism
  • Bring Violent Extremist Groups Like ANTIFA to Justice
  • End Cashless Bail and Keep Dangerous Criminals Locked Up until Trial


  • Block Illegal Immigrants from Becoming Eligible for Taxpayer-Funded Welfare, Healthcare, and Free College Tuition
  • Mandatory Deportation for Non-Citizen Gang Members
  • Dismantle Human Trafficking Networks
  • End Sanctuary Cities to Restore our Neighborhoods and Protect our Families
  • Prohibit American Companies from Replacing United States Citizens with Lower-Cost Foreign Workers
  • Require New Immigrants to Be Able to Support Themselves Financially


  • Launch Space Force, Establish Permanent Manned Presence on The Moon and Send the First Manned Mission to Mars
  • Build the World’s Greatest Infrastructure SystemWin the Race to 5G and Establish a National High-Speed Wireless Internet Network
  • Continue to Lead the World in Access to the Cleanest Drinking Water and Cleanest Air
  • Partner with Other Nations to Clean Up our Planet’s Oceans


  • Stop Endless Wars and Bring Our Troops Home
  • Get Allies to Pay their Fair Share
  • Maintain and Expand America’s Unrivaled Military Strength
  • Wipe Out Global Terrorists Who Threaten to Harm Americans
  • Build a Great Cybersecurity Defense System and Missile Defense System[1]
—2020 Trump Presidential Campaign[24]

Key policy initiatives

This section lists key policy initiatives in Trump’s political career, as identified on his presidential campaign website:[25]

  • Signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 into law
  • Rescinded the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program and limited the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
  • Signed the United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement into law
  • Rescinded the Clean Power Plan and withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement
  • Signed the First Step Act into law
  • Appointed more than 200 judges to the federal judiciary
  • Supported defeat of ISIS caliphate and the military raid that led to the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
  • Signed the Abraham Accords Peace Agreement with the United Arab Emirates, the State of Israel, and Bahrain
  • Repealed the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act

Archive of Political Emails

The Archive of Political Emails was founded in July 2019 to compile political fundraising and advocacy emails sent by candidates, elected officials, PACs, nonprofits, NGOs, and other political actors.[26] The archive includes screenshots and searchable text from emails sent by 2020 presidential candidates. To review the Trump campaign’s emails, click here.

Social media


Twitter feed

Tweets by Donald Trump

Ballot access

See also: Ballot access for presidential candidates

In order to get on the ballot, a candidate for president of the United States must meet a variety of complex, state-specific filing requirements and deadlines. These regulations, known as ballot access laws, determine whether a candidate or party will appear on an election ballot. These laws are set at the state level. A presidential candidate must prepare to meet ballot access requirements well in advance of primaries, caucuses, and the general election.

There are three basic methods by which an individual may become a candidate for president of the United States.

  1. An individual can seek the nomination of a political party. Presidential nominees are selected by delegates at national nominating conventions. Individual states conduct caucuses or primary elections to determine which delegates will be sent to the national convention.[27]
  2. An individual can run as an independent. Independent presidential candidates typically must petition each state to have their names printed on the general election ballot.[27]
  3. An individual can run as a write-in candidate.[27]

Ballotpedia’s Daily Presidential News Briefing

See also: Ballotpedia’s Daily Presidential News Briefing

The following section provides a timeline of Trump’s campaign activity beginning in January 2019. The entries, which come from Ballotpedia’s Daily Presidential News Briefing, are sorted by month in reverse chronological order.



  1. ↑ Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributable to the original source.
  2. NBC News, “Full text: President Trump’s 2020 RNC acceptance speech,” August 28, 2020
  3. The Washington Post, “Trump unveiled his reelection strategy at the World Series,” October 31, 2019
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